Acknowledging the First Peoples in the Australian Constitution would be a healing step, Emeritus Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ said at the annual Australia Day Mass last month.
Many years ago now, our very own Fr Denis Edwards wrote a book entitled Called to be Church in Australia, describing an approach that could bring about a renewal of life and faith in our local churches. In this book, he suggested that as an Australian Church we need to learn from and approach Aboriginal experience of the land as ‘apprentices in faith’
While it is certainly true that most Catholics do not receive the sacrament of Reconciliation nearly as often as they did in the middle of the 20th century, I think that the sacrament still matters to them.
As the school year gets under way, parishes quickly get into a process of inviting parents of children aged seven or older to become part of the program of completing the initiation sacraments for these children. Fr Anthony Kain poses the question of how a parent might respond to this invitation – would the letter be inviting or intimidating?